Franson scored his first goal of the season and chipped in a power-play assist Tuesday in a win over the Lightning. While he's been a reliable presence on the Buffalo blue line, Franson's offensive game has only come around in fits and stats, with Tuesday arguably marking his finest effort of the year. All his points have come in the last nine games after he opened his Sabres career with six scoreless efforts.
Franson was the lone bright spot for Buffalo in a 7-2 beatdown at the hands of the Canadiens on Friday, recording two assists. The rearguard somehow skated to an even rating despite the carnage going on around him while picking up his first points of the season. Franson is far from the best fantasy option on Buffalo's blue line given the emergence of Rasmus Ristolainen and the impending return of Zach Bogosian, but the 28-year-old has a couple 30-point seasons under his belt and is worth marking down on watch lists in deeper leagues.
Franson returned to practice Tuesday after taking a maintenance day on Monday. Franson should be good to go Wednesday against Toronto, his former team. He has yet to score a point in five games this season, but continues to be a staple on the power play. He's worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues given his offensive potential. Consistency continues to be the biggest problem, however, with six shots on goal against Columbus bust just one shot in his next two games.
Franson took a maintenance day Monday and coach Dan Bylsma indicated that he's day-to-day. It's unclear exactly what sidelined Franson on Monday, but it seems likely he's just dealing with some soreness. The Sabres don't play until Wednesday, so there it's still quite possible he'll be available for the contest against the Maple Leafs, but his presence, or lack thereof, at practice Tuesday and morning skate Wednesday should provide a bit more light on his potential availability.
According to General Manager Tim Murray, Cody Franson is expected to be a big help on the Sabres' power play, reports the Olean Times Herald.
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